Travels of President Barack Obama—August 2012

President Barack Obama  First Lady Michelle Obama  |  Vice President Joe Biden  ||  Former Gov. Mitt Romney 

The highlight of the month was the three-day bus across Iowa; travelling from West to East on "Ground Force One," President Obama delivered seven speeches and made many OTR stops.  Towards the end of the month, coinciding with the Republican Convention, Obama did a college tour with stops in Ames, IA, Fort Collins, CO, and Charlottesville, VA.  Overall, in terms of visits to battleground states, Obama made two trips each to CO (Aug. 8-9 and Aug. 28), IA (Aug. 13-15 and Aug. 28), OH (Aug. 1 and Aug. 21) and VA (Aug. 2 and Aug. 29) and trips to FL (Aug. 2), NH (Aug. 18) and NV (Aug. 21-22).  There seemed to be fewer fundraising events, but Obama seemed to be getting more involved in the nitty-gritty of the campaign; on Aug. 11 he made a stop at campaign headquarters in Chicago, and on Aug. 16 and 23 he made visits to DNC headquarters.





Mansfield, OH
Akron, OH

Orlando, FL
Leesburg, VA


Camp David, MD

Camp David, MD

Stamford, CT
Westport, CT


Denver, CO
Grand Junction, CO

Pueblo, CO
Colorado Springs, CO


Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

Council Bluffs, IA
Missouri Valley, IA
Boone, IA
Des Moines, IA
Oskaloosa, IA
Marshalltown, IA
Waterloo, IA

Cedar Rapids, IA
Dubuque, IA
Davenport, IA



Windham, NH
Rochester, NH



Columbus, OH
Reno, NV

N. Las Vegas, NV
New York, NY



Camp David, MD

Camp David, MD


Ames, IA
Fort Collins, CO

Charlottesville, VA


Fort Bliss, TX

Note: This calendar is based on publicly available information from the White House, the campaign and news accounts.  The focus is on travel both campaign-related and official; President Obama's myriad in-town meetings and activities are not listed here with the exception of campaign appearances.  The calendar above shows cities and towns.  The listing below includes impromptu stops and other details, again based on publicly available information. See Rationale, Methodology and Limitations.


Wed. Aug. 1, 2012
-Campaign event at Mansfield Central Park in Mansfield, OH.
-Campaign event at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, OH.
Returns to DC.

Thurs. Aug. 2, 2012
    OTR stop picks up lunch and greets patrons at Lechonera El Barrio, a Puerto Rican restaurant, followed by a photo op with children from nearby summer program in Orlando, FL.
-Campaign event at Harold and Ted Alfond Sports Center at Rollins College in Winter Park, Orlando, FL.
Remarks by video stream to the Blog’Her Conference.
-Campaign event at Loudoun County High School in Leesburg, VA.

Fri. Aug. 3, 2012

Sat. Aug. 4, 2012
To Camp David, MD and overnight there.  Celebrates 51st birthday.

Sun. Aug. 5, 2012
Camp David, MD and returns to DC.

Mon. Aug, 6, 2012
-Fundraiser at the Stamford Marriott Hotel in Stamford, CT (500 people, $500 per person). ($)
-Fundraiser at the estate of Miramax movie executive Harvey Weinstein in Westport, CT (60 people, $35,800 per person). ($)

Tues. Aug. 7, 2012
-An update for supporters (25 people, not a fundraiser) and a fundraiser at the W Hotel in Washington, DC (20 people, $40,000 per person). ($)

Wed. Aug. 8, 2012
-Grassroots event in the Event Center at Auraria Campus in Denver, CO.
-Grassroots event in the Main Gymnasium at Grand Junction High School in Grand Junction, CO.
Overnight in Pueblo, CO.

Thurs. Aug. 9, 2012
    OTR at Romero's restaurant ("Home of Mr. Chile"), orders food and works the room, in Pueblo, CO.
-Grassroots event at the Palace of Agriculture on the Colorado Springs Fairgrounds in Pueblo, CO.
-Event at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO.
    OTR stop at the US Olympic Training Facility, visits with some of the athletes in Colorado Springs, CO.

Fri. Aug. 10, 2012

Sat. Aug. 11, 2012
To Chicago in the afternoon.
-Almost three hours at campaign headquarters.
-Dinner with friends at Piccolo Sogno restaurant in the River North neighborhood.

Sun. Aug. 12, 2012
Five fundraisers in Chicago, IL:
-Fundraiser at the Sheraton Chicago (25 people, $40,000 per person). ($)
-Fundraising reception at the Bridgeport Art Center (Gen 44 event 1,000 people, $51 per person). ($)
-Fundraiser at his home (100 people, $40,000 per person...also winners of “Barack’s Birthday Contest,” Kalestine Butler from Florida w/ sister Karen Foster and Sepp Sprietsma from Arizona w/ wife Lisa). ($)
-Fundraiser at the home of Marty Nesbitt (200 people, $5,000 per person). ($)
-Fundraiser at the home of Barbara Bowman, mother of Valerie Jarrett (400 people, $1,000 per person). ($)
Overnight in Chicago, IL.

Three-day bus tour of Iowa...
Mon. Aug. 13, 2012

-Grassroots event at Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs, IA.
-Adds an official stop to see impact of the drought; tours the McIntosh brothers' farm and makes remarks from the front lawn of Roger and Karen McIntosh's home in Missouri Valley, IA.
    OTR buys snow cones at Tropical Sno in Denison, IA.
-Grassroots event at Herman Park Pavilion in Boone, IA.
    OTR visits the Iowa State Fair for about an hour, greets fairgoers, stops by the Bud Tent and eats a pork chop at the fairgrounds in Des Moines, IA.
Overnight in Des Moines, IA.

Tues. Aug. 14, 2012
    OTR stop, buys coffee, ice tea, muffins, cinammon roll, greets patrons at Coffee Connection in Knoxville, IA.
-Campaign event at the Nelson Pioneer Farm Museum in Oskaloosa, IA.
    OTR visit to the Heil Family Farm, which has several wind turbines and is part of the Laurel Wind Farm cooperative, in Haverhill, IA.
-Campaign event at the Marshall County Courthouse lawn in Marshalltown, IA.
    OTR stops and has a Bud Light at the Pump Haus, a sports bar and grill in Cedar Falls, IA.
-Campaign event at the RiverLoop Amphitheater at the Waterloo Center for the Arts in Waterloo, IA.
Overnight in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Wed. Aug. 15, 2012
    OTR breakfast with three veterans at Riley’s diner in Cedar Rapids, IA.
OTR stop at Cascade High School, talks with the teachers/staff and takes some questions, in Cascade, IA.
-Joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, does a grassroots event at Alliant Enery Amphitheater in Dubuque, IA.
-Joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, does a grassroots event at the intersection of East 11th and Christie Streets in Village of East Davenport, Davenport, IA.
The President and the Lady fly from Quad Cities International Airport to Washington, DC.

Thurs. Aug. 16, 2012
DC.  ...including a visit to DNC headquarters "to thank staff for all of their hard work and fire them up for the months ahead" -B.Woodhouse

Fri. Aug. 17, 2012

Sat. Aug. 18, 2012
    OTR stop at Mack's Apples buys, per pool reports, bag of apples, bag of peaches, maple syrup, jelly and a caramel apple kit, in Londonderry, NH.
-Grassroots event at Windham High School in Windham, NH.
-Grassroots event at Rochester Commons in Rochester, NH.
Returns to Washington, DC.

Sun. Aug. 19, 2012

DC, no public events.

Mon. Aug. 20, 2012
DC.  ...including interviews with local TV anchors.
-Dinner with winners of campaign contest at Mintwood Place restaurant in Washington, DC.

Tues. Aug. 21, 2012
    OTR stop orders food and greets students at Sloopy's Diner at the Ohio Union at Ohio State University ("day before the first day of classes") in Columbus, OH.
-Grassroots event at Capital University's Saylor-Ackermann Quad in Columbus, OH.
-Grassroots event at Truckee Meadows Community College on Dandini Campus in Reno, NV.
Overnight in Henderson, NV.

Wed. Aug. 22, 2012
-Grassroots event at Canyon Springs High School in North Las Vegas, NV.
-Fundraising dinner on the stage at Alice Tully Hall with Michael Jordan and David Stern at Lincoln Center in New York, NY (120 people, $20,000 per person, plus the two winners and their guests of the Obama Classic fundraising contest). ($) 
-Participates in a casual shoot around at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, NY.
Returns to Washington, DC.

Thurs. Aug. 23, 2012
DC.  ...including a visit to the DNC for about two hours "to attend political meetings."

Fri. Aug. 24, 2012
to Camp David, MD in the evening.

Sat. Aug. 25, 2012
Camp David, MD.

Sun. Aug. 26, 2012
Camp David, MD.
returns to DC.

Mon. Aug. 27, 2012

Tues. Aug. 28, 2012   ...College Tour
DC, statement on Tropical Storm Isaac.
-Grassroots event outside on the campus green in front of Curtiss Hall at Iowa State University in Ames, IA.
afterwards did a roundtable conference call with student reporters.
-Grassroots event at Monfort Quad at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.
afterwards holds a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” live chat.
Overnight in Fort Collins, CO.

Wed. Aug. 29, 2012
-Grassroots event at nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesville, VA.
    OTR surprise stop at the Obama for America field office, greets staff, in Charlottesville, VA.
returns to DC.

Thurs. Aug. 30, 2012

Fri. Aug. 31, 2012
-On the two-year anniversary of the end of the combat mission in Iraq holds a roundtable discussion with service-members and military families and speaks to troops at Fort Bliss, TX.
returns to DC.